My name is Sarah Duford and I will be entering the NYU teacher residency program as a career changer. I grew up in Upstate New York in the Thousand Islands Region and I have lived in Brooklyn for thirteen years with my husband and two children. During my undergraduate years I studied Animal Sciences at Cornell University. I am a licensed veterinary technician and for seventeen years I have been working in emergency animal hospitals in several different departments and capacities. Currently I work as a veterinary imaging technician performing MRIs and CT scans on cats and dogs.
What about the residency are you most looking forward to?
I was drawn to NYU’s residency program because I know the value of learning on the job. I am looking forward to working with the same groups of students throughout the year and becoming part of their learning community. Being able to experience the year from start to finish in the classroom should help lay the foundation of a solid teaching career.
Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?
When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to have a science teacher that recognized the importance of conservation efforts. She encouraged us to get involved in our community through grassroots organizing and education. She was able to help us see how our efforts could make a real world difference. She valued us as individuals and it gave us the confidence to get out there and make changes.